There’s plenty to do and see here – but it’s also a great base for looking further afield.
Flamingo Land combines a theme park experience with Yorkshire’s favourite zoo, plus a fully featured resort village, this unique destination provides great days out, fantastic short-breaks and truly memorable holidays!
The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four-acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. There are decisions to make and tricks to avoid, its a day out with a difference!
Jorvik Viking Centre has been built on the very site where the Viking-age city of Jorvik as it stood nearly 1,000 years ago. Take a journey through the reconstruction of the streets and experience life as it would have been in 10th-century York.
Built by William the Conqueror in 1068, Lincoln Castle has stood for hundreds of years as a symbol of power and seat of justice. Follow in the footsteps of prisoners in the Victorian prison, and immerse yourself in the Magna Carta story.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway offers a superb day or an afternoon trip. Get away from the hustle and bustle as you climb on-board a steam or heritage diesel train for a delightful scenic journey through Heartbeat Country.
Opera North is a vibrant organisation which actively challenges conventional perceptions of opera. Breathing new life into the classics, the company is also an advocate of lesser-known works and a champion of musical theatre.
Peasholm Park, Scarborough, has a tranquil lake and in the summer months people can hire boats of all sorts to enjoy the water at close quarters. Boats include traditional rowing boats, canoes and pedalos with dragon heads.
Set in a remote valley in the North York Moors National Park, Rievaulx Abbey is one of the most complete and atmospheric of England’s abbey ruins. The beautiful and peaceful setting is perfect for a day out exploring.
Ripon Cathedral is a beautiful, ancient church with a history reaching back to the 7th century. It is a mother church for the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales and home for the cathedra (throne) of the Bishop of Leeds.
Scarborough Castle is set in a stunning location with panoramic views over the dramatic Yorkshire coastline. See objects from its 3,000 years of history, play on the grassy headland, and take tea in the Master Gunner’s house.
Scarborough Open Air Theatre
Scarborough Open Air Theatre is the largest in Europe and the original was built by Scarborough Corporation in the 1930s. The theatre has hosted some of the music industry’s biggest stars, including Elton John and Status Quo.
The Hepworth is a gallery that celebrates the town’s connections with Barbara Hepworth. Curator-led tours are a popular free attraction at the gallery and in May there is a special event to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire.
At Trinity Leeds you’ll find more than 120 national and international brands under one roof. Hungry shoppers are in luck with over 30 dining options, cafes, bars and Trinity Kitchen – a unique mix of restaurants and street food.
West Yorkshire Playhouse
Since opening in 1990, West Yorkshire Playhouse has established a reputation both nationally and internationally as one of Britain’s most exciting theatres, winning awards for everything from its productions to its customer service.
Perched high on a cliff, it’s easy to see why the haunting remains of Whitby Abbey were inspiration for Bram Stoker’s gothic tale of ‘Dracula’. Immerse yourself in 13th century gothic splendour and roam the ruins of the church.
York Castle Museum
At York Castle Museum you can wander through Victorian streets, be reunited with your favourite childhood toys, experience life in a First World War trench and then venture into the actual prison cells that once held Dick Turpin.
What will you discover at York Minster? Take a 200 year journey and explore one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals; a masterpiece in stained-glass and stone, with foundations rooted in the nation’s earliest history.
York’s Chocolate Story
Discover the stories behind the greatest names in chocolate, unwrap the secrets of chocolate making, and even learn the art of the chocolatier for yourself. York’s Chocolate Story offers three floors of interactive exploration.